African American http://wfpl.org en Rand Paul's Targeting of D.C. Gun Laws a Step Backwards Among Black Voters, Says Congresswoman http://wfpl.org/post/rand-pauls-targeting-dc-gun-laws-step-backwards-among-black-voters-says-congresswoman <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is once again seeking to roll back Washington, D.C.'s strict gun laws.</p><p>The legislative maneuver is under fire from gun control activists in the nation's capitol and their congressional delegate, who told WFPL&nbsp;Wednesday that Paul's amendment is undermining his national efforts to court black voters.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:07:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9739 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul's Targeting of D.C. Gun Laws a Step Backwards Among Black Voters, Says Congresswoman U of L Looks at Civil Rights Movement Over Next Five Years http://wfpl.org/post/u-l-looks-civil-rights-movement-over-next-five-years <p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px 'Lucida Grande'"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">The American civil rights movement will be the focus of a University of Louisville project over the next five years through the school&#39;s largest undertaking on the topic called Project Progress.</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:35:06 +0000 Devin Katayama 7202 at http://wfpl.org U of L Looks at Civil Rights Movement Over Next Five Years Rand Paul Aide/Co-Author Once Belonged to Neo-Confederate Group http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-aideco-author-once-belonged-neo-confederate-group <p>An aide to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is under scrutiny after reports surfaced that he spent over a decade as a neo-Confederate activist who led a group that advocates for southern secession from the union.</p><p>And the news could damper Paul's attempts to court minorities ahead of his rumored 2016 presidential bid.</p><p>Jack Hunter currently serves as Paul's social media director and co-wrote the book 'The Tea Party Goes to Washington" with the senator in 2010.</p><p>A conservative news site reveals Hunter was a member and chapter leader of a group called the League of the South, which advocates the southern states separate from the U.S. to form their own republic.</p><p>Hunter also worked as a radio show host who used the alter ego "Southern Avenger," wearing a Confederate flag mask. As the character, Hunter would opine on a number of issues such as celebrating the death of Abraham Lincoln and speaking against Spanish-speaking immigration.</p><p>From <a href="http://freebeacon.com/rebel-yell/"><em>The Washington Free Beacon</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>From 1999 to 2012, Hunter was a South Carolina radio shock jock known as the “Southern Avenger.” He has weighed in on issues such as <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065513/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=87">racial pride</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104084926/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=84">Hispanic immigration</a>,&nbsp;and stated his support for the&nbsp;<a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065842/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=25">assassination of&nbsp;President Abraham Lincoln</a>.</p><p>(SNIP)</p><p>“The League of the South is an implicitly racist group in that the idealized version of the South that they promote is one which, to use their ideology, is dominated by ‘Anglo-Celtic’ culture, which is their code word for ‘white’,” said&nbsp;Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research at the ADL. The ADL said it does not necessarily classify it as a hate group. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:55:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6053 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Aide/Co-Author Once Belonged to Neo-Confederate Group Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections http://wfpl.org/post/emancipation-across-river-carnegie-center-explores-new-albany-louisville-connections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A century after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate territories and states, New Albany’s Carnegie Center for Art and History explores the history of emancipation celebrations on both sides of the Ohio River with a talk by historian Pen Bogert.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:10:32 +0000 Erin Keane 5427 at http://wfpl.org Emancipation Across the River: Carnegie Center Explores New Albany, Louisville Connections African Americans More Likely to Identify as LGBT than White Americans http://wfpl.org/post/african-americans-more-likely-identify-lgbt-white-americans <p>The <a href="http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/gallup-special-report-18oct-2012/">largest-ever demographic study of America’s </a><a href="http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/gallup-special-report-18oct-2012/">LGBT</a> population was released last week, and the data revealed that African Americans and other ethnic minorities are more likely to identify as LGBT than white Americans. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 2107 at http://wfpl.org African Americans More Likely to Identify as LGBT than White Americans Strange Fruit: LGBT History Month http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-lgbt-history-month <p>October is <a href="http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/">LGBT History Month</a>, and this past week was <a href="http://louisville.edu/lgbt/news-and-events/pride-week-2011.ics">Pride Week at UofL</a>. So this week, we talked to some of our favorite people about notable moments in LGBTQ history, and what festivities took place this week on campus.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 1920 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: LGBT History Month Strange Fruit: Does Your Mama Know? http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-does-your-mama-know <p>This week we launch our newest podcast, Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 21:08:30 +0000 Laura Ellis 1829 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Does Your Mama Know? Chosen Families and the Ballroom Scene: Jaison Gardner, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/chosen-families-and-ballroom-scene-jaison-gardner-defining-fairness <p>Jaison Gardner describes ballroom shows as "akin to fashion shows, akin to a talent shows," and says they started with LGBTQ people of color, mostly gay men and transgender women, in 1970s and 80s Harlem.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gardner was one the founders of our local ballroom community—but if you haven't heard of it, he's not surprised. "The </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_culture" style="line-height: 1.5;">ballroom scene</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has historically been an underground scene," he explains, "much like hip-hop was back in its early days."</span></p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 15:58:05 +0000 Laura Ellis 399 at http://wfpl.org Chosen Families and the Ballroom Scene: Jaison Gardner, Defining Fairness Legal Protection in Louisville: Diane Moten, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/legal-protection-louisville-diane-moten-defining-fairness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When asked to describe herself, Diane&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moten</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says: "I’m just a simple person. I work with the homeless. I’m a part time nanny. I like to bike, I like to run and walk. Actually, I’m also a minister. The church ordained me last year. I say that in some situations to be helpful to folks when I do jail visits or hospital visits. I’m a pretty outgoing person, and I’m the type of person, if you’re willing to ask me a question, I’ll answer any question anyone wants me to answer."</span></p><p>Years before the city of Louisville offered legal protections to residents based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, Diane Moten was working at a daycare center when coworker asked her if she was a lesbian. She answered yes, and was fired within a week; her employer said she could no longer be trusted around children.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 481 at http://wfpl.org Legal Protection in Louisville: Diane Moten, Defining Fairness Life without Labels: Walter W. Walker II, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/life-without-labels-walter-w-walker-ii-defining-fairness <p>Walter W. Walker II has lived in Louisville since his family moved here in 1986. Here's how he describes himself:</p><blockquote><p>Honestly, I would say I'm Walter. I think that everyone is different, everyone has their own identity, everyone's unique, and I think that I'm a unique person. I do consider myself an African American, a Christian, a Presbyterian, and also a gay man. When you put yourself in these boxes and you start labeling, you know, being African American you're going to experience the African-American experience. Being gay, you're going to experience the gay experience.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-size: 12px; display: inline !important;">When I was younger, before I did come out, I was living in those boxes. So as I matured, as I got older, as I got comfortable with myself and started loving myself for who I am, I've kind of stepped away from those categories. And that's the reason why I say, I'm just Walter.</span></p></blockquote><div> Tue, 08 May 2012 18:59:34 +0000 Laura Ellis 160 at http://wfpl.org Life without Labels: Walter W. Walker II, Defining Fairness